NV55KFK - Collision





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Published on Jun 6, 2013

Incident was reported to the police. No further action was taken.
My injuries were a cut knee (i think from hitting the top tube very hard) and a swollen knee for a few days. Damages to the bike were just a broken camera mount.

A few things to note from this incident. I asked if he indicated (he said he did), I asked if he looked (he said he did). My front light was on pulse mode, this can be seen in the video from the handlebar camera, it is lighting up a sign further down the road. The driver said he was taking the turning as a short cut to get somewhere further down the road, but this road is a dead end as clearly sign posted on the street name.

Mistakes the driver made:
- Didn't look in his mirror before turning.
- Didn't indicate his intentions to turn before turning.
- attempted to turn into the junction before getting to the junction.

Mistakes I made:
- Filtered too closely to stationary vehicles, and not giving my self enough time or space to react to such a manoeuvre.
- Not predicting such a manoeuvre might happen near to a junction.

- I was traveling at around 13 - 15mph at the moment of impact.
- My front light was on pulse mode (always on but has a bright flash built in)
- I did not want to push anything with the police, the damage to myself and the bike was minor. I believe the driver understood that it was his mistake.
- Bicycles are allowed to filter: see Rule 88 of the highway code "when filtering in slow-moving traffic, take care and keep your speed low."
- Bicycles are allowed to overtake on zigzag lines at the approach to a zebra crossing: See section 28 of 'The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002' It says (note the use of motor vehicle) "a zig-zag line shall convey the requirement that, whilst any motor vehicle (in this regulation called "the approaching vehicle") or any part of it is within the limits of a controlled area and is proceeding towards the signal-controlled crossing facility to which the controlled area relates, the driver of the vehicle shall not cause it or any part of it—

(a)to pass ahead of the foremost part of any other motor vehicle proceeding in the same direction; or

(b)to pass ahead of the foremost part of a vehicle which is stationary for the purpose of complying with the indication given by a traffic light signal for controlling vehicular traffic."


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